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04/24/2011 - 12:46pm
Julien: Game 6 will be 'toughest one'
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins did not practice Sunday after their 2-1 victory in double-overtime over the Canadiens on Saturday night, though select members of the team and coach Claude Julien were at TD Garden to discuss the state of affairs with the team leading the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, 3-2. 

The B's, who found themselves in a hole after dropping the first two games of the season, have won three straight games, including the last two in overtime. Now one win away from going to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the third time in as many years, Julien said he does not anticipate an easy time as the B's try to clinch the series in Montreal on Tuesday.

"I think we just have to turn the page here and understand there is another full game to be played," Julien said Sunday. "When you win three in a row you should feel confident. But again, there is a lot of work to be done. We know this next game is going to be the toughest one. You...

04/23/2011 - 11:44pm
Daisuke dominates as Sox beat Angels

Daisuke Matsuzaka delivered his second straight outing of utter dominance. The right-hander permitted just one hit -- a comebacker off the bat of Alberto Callaspo that nearly tore his head off in the second inning -- over eight shutout innings to lead the Red Sox past the Angels, 5-0. The Sox have now won seven of eight, while claiming wins in 12 of their last 13 against the Halos dating to last year.

Matsuzaka had one of his better pitch mixes in memory. His 91-92 mph fastball, slider, changeup and cutter and generated a number of swings and misses as the right-hander punched out nine, his most since last May. The right-hander became the first pitcher since Freddy Garcia in 2006 to pitch at least seven shutout innings while allowing one or fewer hits in back-to-back outings; the last Red Sox to accomplish the feat was Pedro Martinez in 2002.

The Sox provided all the offensive support that Matsuzaka would need in the second inning, when Carl...

04/23/2011 - 11:06pm
Breakthrough : B's beat Habs in 2OT thriller

Nathan Horton scored with 10:57 left in the second overtime to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 5 Saturday night at TD Garden. The Bruins become the first team in the series to win on home ice and can advance to the second round for the third straight year with a win on Tuesday night in Game 6 in Montreal. 

The two teams played an up-tempo first period, with the Bruins outshooting the Canadiens, 12-10. The best scoring chance came off the stick of Tomas Plekanec midway through when he had Tim Thomas out of position and an empty net in front of him. But Game 4 hero Michael Ryder slid to the ice and gloved Plekanec's shot away to keep the game scoreless. The game settled down in the second with the two teams combining for 15 shots. Eventually, the two teams would combine for 96 shots, with the Bruins outshooting the Canadiens, 51-45.

The Bruins finally broke through with 15:27 left in regulation when Carey Price...

04/23/2011 - 6:56pm
Welker: 'Let's do a lockout every year'

Speaking to the Associated Press in Oklahoma City at his free football camp for kids, Patriots Wes Welker talked about how much he is enjoying the freedom the current NFL lockout has afforded him this offseason.

 

"It's awesome because I'm on my own schedule," Welker said. "I don't have to talk to anybody; I don't have to see anybody. You see some of the same faces all the time. It's kind of nice not to have to look at them anymore and see them. I'm kind of enjoying it.

"I like being able to train on my own and be able to do some of my things. It's good to be with the team, but it's kind of nice."

Welker, who said he hasn't been part of any organized workouts with Patriots teammates, added, "I think once people start losing paychecks, it'll probably be a little bit different. But I'm not too...

04/23/2011 - 6:48pm
Lineup: Tek catches Daisuke; Youkilis back

Jason Varitek will catch Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season, while Kevin Youkilis returns to the Red Sox lineup after taking a day off due to a shin injury as the Sox take on the Angels in the meeting of the teams' four-game set in Anaheim.

The following is the Red Sox lineup against LA starter Ervin Santana:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Jed Lowrie SS

J.D. Drew RF

Carl Crawford LF

Jason Varitek C

Daisuke Matsuzaka P

For more Red Sox coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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